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Rachael Rubin: Talent You Just Can’t Makeup

Sep 20 1 Comments

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One may assume that if you’re a trained artist, particularly in fashion, you would be able to have a fairly decent set of skills when it comes to doing your own makeup. Such is not the case. For the last five years I have literally been wearing the same Almay concealer, Nars bronzer, Bobbi Brown liquid eyeliner, and random Walgreens lipgloss. The heaviness may change depending on where I’m going, and occasionally I’ll get experimental with a little gothic look, but generally speaking, I’m pretty much clueless (and actually content being so) about doing my own hair and makeup. I’ve stuck to these patterns because when I try any harder, things just start looking uneven or I end up looking like a transvestite. Case in point: Halloween 2006. I tried to dress up as a Japanese Anime character, I ended up looking more like a street walker in Chelsea.

Thus said, I do however have an extreme appreciation for anyone who can do hair and makeup well. How lucky am I to not only have an assistant who can do everything (and I truly mean everything) but is also a professionally trained hair and makeup artist. Sometimes I swear God or Buddha or whomever sent Rachael to me as a gift.

Aside from her interest in fashion, Rachael also has an incredibly unique style when it comes to doing hair and makeup. She is innovative, creative, intuitive and inventive. Simply put, Rachael is a master of her craft; a true artist. Rachael combines her impeccable creativity with personalized attention to each model or client to create a one-of-a-kind look that ultimately pleases the client themselves as well as anyone else involved in the project. Rachael (like myself) has taken the old wisdom of “find a way to do professionally what you would do for fun anyway” and turned it into a career that clearly reflects her natural talents and dynamic personality.  For the last several years, Rachael has been working to create an extensive and varied portfolio that truly reflects what she does best. Below are images of some of what I feel is Rachael’s best work.

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And last but not least, Rachael’s top three makeup tips:

1) For a tired eye, add a little white eyeliner on the upper and lower inner eyelid to make the eyes look more awake and bright.

2) The best overall brand of makeup is Makeup Forever (sold at Ricky’s and Sephora).

3) The most essential item of makeup to have is Great Lash Mascara by Maybelline.

For more information on Rachael’s work you can check out her web page, www.rachaellynseyrubin.com

Shots to Kill: Dean Dodos

Sep 20 0 Comments

Every once in a blue moon you come across an artist who really seems to have created something that doesn’t exist. Dean and my friendship has been years long, but what I always enjoyed about watching him shoot, whether it be with me or another subject, is his focus and ability to pull someone’s spirit literally out of their bodies and onto film. Dean has a unique talent to see beyond the surface of a person and capture their true energy. Shooting with Dean, in a somewhat indescribable way, is almost a sort of outer-body spiritual experience. He is able to take you to a dimension which you may not of even known existed within you. I often look at his work and question “is that really who I think it is?” because he is able to capture such pure moments. Having worked with some of the greatest photographers such a Juergen Teller and Angelo Pennetta, Dean’s list of credentials are long and impressive. Aside from the aforementioned, Dean is also able to differentiate himself from every other burgeoning photographer on the Lower East Side in the unique way he eclectically (and thoughtfully) is able to combine fashion, music, and art into all of his pieces (yet to be decided if it’s subconsciously or not). Dean has accomplished what some photographers spend years trying to do: having the capacity to look at one of his images and KNOW that it was he who shot it. Below are a few of my favorite pseudo-candid photos Dean and I have taken over the years. By pseudo- I mean we never really plan on taking photos, Dean’s brain just see’s a moment and the next thing you know your listening to Burke and banging your head against an American flag at three in the morning. Call it madness, call it brilliance, call it Dean.

 

Au Revoir Carine

Sep 20 0 Comments

It brought me much sadness to hear this weekend that legendary editor-in-chief of Bible French Vogue will be stepping down from her position, completing her last issue in March. Thus said, while the staff at French Vogue may be shaking in their Louboutins about what is to come for the future, I have a feeling Ms. Roitfeld will be strutting out the offices comfortably in ease having known (on the celebration of her ten year anniversary as editor-in-chief at French Vogue) that she did a damn good job. And to paraphrase her words; when you’ve done a great job at something, it’s time to move onto the next project. My selfish input would be to send her with a one way ticket to New York to replace Anna, but that’s just my bias opinion. Dutch school boy hair cuts work for some I suppose….

And now begs the greater question; who is to replace Carine?

The rules of fashion change weekly, if not hourly, so why should we just assume another chic French woman is going to fill Carine’s footsteps (not that they could quite be filled, but hey, if Sarah Burton can do it for Alexander McQueen, anything is possible).

Here are a few of my choices that I think could actually handle the job and bring an interesting perspective to the magazine.

Who: Allona Doletskaya

Why? Allona, like Carine, was formerly editor in chief of Vogue; albeit Russian Vogue. While the nitpicking and skepticism will be endless for anyone replacing Carine, perhaps it’s those strong Russian genes (and yes I mean genes, not jeans) that can handle the strain of the job.

Who: Tom Ford

Why? Why can’t a male fill a traditionally female’s role? He and Carine are quite close so the aesthetic would remain just as provoking and as Tom dabbles in all sorts of media, from fashion to film, why not do it all and put it into one magazine?

Who: Emanuelle Alt

Why? As current fashion director at French Vogue, it would only be a natural progression to move up in the chain. She clearly exemplifies Carine’s aesthetic but brings a bit more severity to her style. She’s also got the “I’m the editor of French Vogue-my-hair-can-be-messy-and-I-still-look-stunning-whilst-pouting look down to a Tee.

Who: Julia Restoin-Rotifeld

Why? When your mother knows the industry like the back of her hand, and you also have a unique eye of your own, it would seem to be a pretty natural progression for Julia to take the reigns. Forget the age, the girl has brains and style equal to if not beyond any other competitors vying for the position.

Who: Daphne Guinness

So what if I’m being slightly bias on this choice, the woman’s a living legend. No one wears (or KNOWS) couture like her. Daphne embodies all that French Vogue stands for. I don’t know that she’s up for the work (or is even interested) but I’d certainly nominate her for the candidacy.

A Pheasant Surprise

Sep 20 0 Comments

As a vegetarian who doesn’t eat vegetables, to say Thanksgiving is one of my least favorite holidays is a bit of an understatement. Instead of making some hokey entry about Thanksgiving and what I’m grateful for (amongst other things, at the dinner table tonight I said I was “thankful I was not a turkey,” I decided to make this Thanksgiving-day blog about fashion, “pheasant fashion” if you will (believe me, I understand the irony behind it). Below I have compiled a few of my favorite “pheasant-fashion-moments” if you will… Please enjoy. And last but not least, happy thanksgiving!

 Alberta Ferretti

 Alice + Oliva

Audrey by LiveInStyle

 

Chanel Fine Jewelry

Dolce & Gabbana

Haji Couture

 Helena Rubenstein

 Irina Shibayeva

 Irina Shibayeva

 

Just Making Sure You Are Paying Attention!

Lee Klabin

 

Michael Teperson

Irina Shibayeva

Philip Treacy

Rheanna Lingham

Rudi Gernreich, 1966 Collection

Savatore Ferragamo

Alexander McQueen

Alexa Winner Custom Headband (as seen on me, far left)

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Shu Uemura

Styled by Anne Della Russo

Stylehive

Vintage Kate Moss

 

 Vogue, May 1970

Zang Toi

Vivienne Westwood

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent

Shopping for a Cause

Sep 20 0 Comments

Dear Friends, please join us in a VERY special cause.

As some of you may know, I am a representative for the Donate Life foundation, a foundation this is committed to spreading awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation. In doing so, I was an honored guest at their last charity event and offered up my styling services to the winning bidder of a raffled auction. As it turns out, the winning bidder happened to be the guest speaker, a beautiful girl named Kristin Molini who at the age of 25, has spent half of her life in and out of the hospital and has already received FIVE organ donations due to a condition called gastro-pareisis (paralyzation of all the organs in and around your stomach). Moreover, Kristin has not been able to afford jeans, shoes, or ANYTHING new in ages.

So on November 30th, Kristin and I will be spending the day together shopping and going around to designer’s showrooms to pick out a new wardrobe for her and give her the ultimate girl’s fantasy day. As such, we humbly ask of you, in support of Kristin, to either donate clothing/shoes/dresses/jewelry for her (if it is from your personal closet, you may ship it to my address), if you are a designer, she would love to come to your showroom too and really see what the behind-the-scenes world of fashion is like, or if you are unable to do either, a check, even for $5, written to the name of Kristin Molini, will help provide me with a budget to take her shopping. Whatever you can provide for Kristin, big or small, will make a huge difference to a girl who hasn’t had a meal in 9 years and lives off a feeding tube, yet is brave enough to tell her heroic story in front of large audiences in old clothes that barely fit her.

You may send any checks in the name of:

Kristin Molini and any packages or letters to:

Alexa Winner c/o Kristin Molini

304 Mulberry Street – Apt 2M

New York, NY 10012

Kristins special day will be documented on our new blog available by going to http://www.alexawinner.com/, and all contributors will receive special recognition on the blog and a letter from Kristin herself. I really encourage you to look at her website, http://www.survivedfive.com/, and if you are able and inclined, you can know that Kristin wears a size 7.5 shoe, is about a size 00 in pants, a size small in shirts, about 80-85 lbs, and around 5’7.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and I appreciate your support.

XX,

Alexa

Bijoux Bling: 20 Costume Jewelers You Should Know

Bijoux Bling: 20 Costume Jewelers You Should Know
Jun 29 0 Comments
Right now costume jewelry is the hottest thing since apple pie. It’s the affordable (and sometimes, even equally as pricy) alternative to estate jewelry that seemingly only comes in thirty or so classic designs. Costume jewelry can be worn in all types of situations, at all types of functions, and by all types of women, as long as you’re smart about what you pair it with. Whether you prefer to keep it safe with a pair of zirconium flourette earrings by Ben-Amun or you’re a bit more wild at heart and have a desire to decorate your décolleté with a rainbow colored Swarovski Dannijo necklace, there’s literally a finery for every femme. Together I have compiled a list of this season’s (and invariably, next season and the season after that) top twenty costume jewelers. Enjoy a little bio about each designer while you contemplate your next powerfully pretty purchase that won’t feel like paying penance. Be bold – be brave – be beautiful – bling it on!

1. DANNIJO

The Snyder sisters grew up in sunny Florida, where they used their cardiologist father’s medical tools to teach themselves how to make jewelry while in middle school. Once the two reunited in New York after their college years, they went back to their childhood hobby and created a capsule jewelry collection for Danielle’s non-profit L.W.A.L.A. (Live With A Lifelong Ambition), which fundraised for grass-roots initiatives in Africa. Seemingly overnight, the two built their jewelry passion into a mega-successful brand. Since its inception, DANNIJO has advocated creating sustainable economic opportunity for women in underdeveloped areas of the world. All DANNIJO.com packaging is handmade in Rwanda as part of their women’s empowerment initiative.

2. Shourouk

Shourouk established her eponymous company in 2007. As a true Parisian, Shourouk graduated from the Studio Bercot before honing her technique at prestigious fashion houses such as Chloé and Roberto Cavalli. With her unique signature style, her designs have become unmistakable in the fashion industry. Her designs are sold in some of the worlds leading retail boutiques. Swarovski crystals are the main component of her designs. Every season, she explores new techniques and materials to make what are to become statement pieces. One fine example is fashionable bibs made of hand stitched crystals from climbing ropes. She shakes up the code of classical joiaellerie by using hand painted neon stones into intricate embroideries. Through the usage of her own technique of coloration, she designs everything from flashy pop-colored tones to nude pastels to warm autumnal jumbles. Shourouk is currently in the process of finalizing her second collaboration with website Net-A-Porter.


3. Erickson Beamon

Founded and designed by Detroit natives Karen & Eric Erickson, Erickson Beamon was born out of the same spontaneous spirit that carries the brand forward today. Working with a local designer on their premiere runway show in the early ’80s, Karen Erickson knew that jewelry was necessary. But little did she know that by merely stringing crystals and beads onto suede, she was launching a company that would soon be featured in Vogue, and credited with creating the chandelier earring. Erickson Beamon opened a European division in 1985, and the opening of a flagship boutique in London’s Belgravia soon followed. Erickson Beamon is now sold in over 600 stores in 75 nations worldwide. 
Though the collection has grown exponentially in the past 30 years, the same handcrafted aesthetic is still Erickson Beamon’s trademark. Walk into their design studios in Manhattan’s West Chelsea and visitors will find artisans sitting before trays laden with crystals and semi-precious stones, meticulously assembling each piece by hand. Heritage and handcraftsmanship are the Erickson Beamon hallmarks. Karen and Eric work alongside their two daughters, Mandie and Monique. Plans for the next generation: a global luxury brand that will encompass handbags, shoes, and a retail world. In 2010, Erickson Beamon will debut ‘House Jewels’, a collection of frames, mirrors, candelabra, jewelry boxes, pillows and more, to bring the iconic look home.



4. Lulu Frost

Lulu Frost is a jewelry brand founded in New York City in 2004 by designer Lisa Salzer. The Frost family, led by Lisa’s material grandmother Elizabeth Rock Frost, has been involved in the estate jewelry business for generations. Lisa’s work blends antique, vintage, and modern elements to reinvent timeless classics.


5. Vickisarge

Few designers can list the struggling metropolis that is Detroit among their muses. Vicki Sarge is one of them. “You can take the girl out of Detroit, but you can’t take Detroit out of the girl!” quipped the jewelry designer, a Motown native. While you may not know her name, you’ve most certainly seen the over-the-top, often dark-tinged baubles Sarge designed during her nearly 40-year tenure at celebrated bijoux brand Erickson Beamon. Together with her co-founders, Karen and Erik Erickson and Eric Beamon, Sarge adorned countless celebrities (Madonna, Beyoncé, Kate Moss, and Lady Gaga among them), collaborated with a bevy of designers (like John Galliano and Dries Van Noten), and transformed “costume jewelry” from a dirty secret to a coveted accoutrement. The resulting collection of costume jewelry is an intriguing fusion of the designer’s tongue-in-cheek approach to opulence, and her memories of the Motor City. “In the sixties and seventies, Detroit was a really great rock ‘n’ roll place,” Sarge recalled. She credits Iggy and the Stooges—who used to play at her high school dances—with making it as such. 


6. ISHARYA

ISHARYA was launched as a passion project in 2004 when sisters-in-law Gauri and Radhika Tandon noticed a lack of high quality, Indian inspired fashion jewelry. They set about creating a jewelry assortment consisting of embellished wood and resin jewelry, chandelier earrings, intricate cuffs, and bold cocktail rings to address this void, and named the line ISHARYA after their kids – ARmaan, IShaan and ArYA. Their unique products quickly drew the attention of editors, stylists, celebrities, and retailers who wanted to purchase their jewelry. In 2007, to cater to the demand, they decided to dedicate themselves full time to turn their passion project into a global fashion jewelry brand, while raising their children.


7. Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar has been described as “One Of The Greatest Jewelry Designers Of The 21st Century”, Alexis Bittar went from hawking his wares on the streets of New York, to selling his eponymous jewelry collections in more than 34 countries around the globe. Designer collaborations include Nicola Formichetti for Thierry Mugler, of which Bittar created an exclusive futuristic earring for Mugler’s Paris Fall 2013 runway show. Collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim saw Bittar and Lim partnering in designing a Gold chandelier earring for Lim’s New York Fall 2013 Runway Show. In 2008, Bittar opened his second store in New York city, which was followed by the opening of his first store in 2004. Bittar counts his first major clients as Harrods in London and Isetan in Japan.


8. Ben-Amun

Isaac Manevitz, designer and founder of luxury jewelry brand Ben-Amun (pronounced ben-AH-moon) established himself as an innovator in the fashion industry more than 30 years ago. With his exquisite line of hand-crafted one-of-a-kind jewellery, he has long been celebrated for staying ahead of the trend.
As a pioneer of the statement-making jewelry movement in the early 1980s, Manevitz brings his love of art to his collections by working with fine, unusual materials such as lucite, pewter, glass and crystal to create unique, innovative and inspirational designs. Ben-Amun jewelry can be characterized as “wearable art” – bold, interesting and statement-making. All pieces are handcrafted in Ben-Amun’s factory in New York’s iconic fashion district.


9. Eddie Borgo

Eddie Borgo began his exploration of adornment at university, establishing his pioneering point of view at that time. A fascination with discovering the symbolism in jewelry evolved from a stage of experimentation, when he began making jewelry as one-off pieces. After being introduced to a select number of stylists and editors, he was commissioned to create jewelry from the runways of Marchesa, Joseph Altuzarra, and Proenza Schouler. He formally launched his collection with Spring/Summer 2009. Eddie Borgo’s design philosophy comes from an attraction to the timelessness in modern sculpture and shape, and an obsession with capturing the spirit of this in his work. As each collection evolves, so does his ability to redefine our ideas of modernity in jewelry, sculpture, and object. In 2010 Eddie Borgo was awarded runner up in the CFDA/Vogue fashion fund as was a co-recipient of the first  ever CFDA/Vogue fashion fund Tiffany & Co. development grant.


10. Pamela Love

Native New Yorker Pamela Love began making jewelry in her Brooklyn apartment in 2006. Since then, she has created a full production facility and design studio in Manhattan’s garment district.
The line is committed to sustainability and localized production. All gemstones and semiprecious stones are ethically sourced and almost all metal used is recycled. The entire jewelry-making process, from design to sampling to full-scale production, is completed domestically with the majority of it done in-house at Pamela Love’s Manhattan studio.


11. Tom Binns

“Do the unpredictable”.  You’d have trouble finding anyone else in the fashion industry who quotes Apache legend Geronimo, but that’s fair enough, because there isn’t anyone else in the fashion industry quite like Tom Binns.   If jewellery design is, by its nature, a solitary craft that requires patient, fiddly focus and an eye for the smallest detail, Binns comes across as a Rabelaisian figure whose hunger for life would surely steer him to sweeping gestures, much bigger pictures. 
And yet, check the list of creative renegades who’ve been his inspiration:  Duchamp, Genet, Neruda, Beckett, all of them working on an intimate scale, carefully dissecting aesthetic orthodoxy. “Scale is immaterial,” as Binns so rightly insists.  “The world is a small place.”  And that is a partial explanation for how and why he has, for at least the last three decades, been re-writing the book on jewellery design,  ever since he made fluorescent rubber bits and pieces to go with Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s Punkature collection in 1983. 
That association brought Binns overnight success, which eventually led to Princess Diana as a client.  More recently, it’s been Michelle Obama’s turn to sample the Binns magic. 


12. EK Thongprasert

The essence of EK Thongprasert of Antwerp’s design philosophy is a strong approach toward the conceptual aspect; each collection is a complex combination of thoughts and design elements which come from deep analysis into a concept. As a result is a collection with pure uniqueness and originality. Each silhouette in the collection is totally individual from any other. Each silhouette also tells a different message through detail, color, shape, and cutting, which come together to complete a whole story. The brand was found in collaboration between fashion designer EK Thongprasert and jewelry designer Noon Passama. The two meet upon meeting at one of the most prestigious colleges in Thailand. With a degree in architecture, Thongprasert moved on to the prestigious Royal college of Art in Antwerp where he still works today.


13. Joomi Lim

After a fortuitous colliding of worlds, Joomi Lim, a free-spirited and self-taught adventuress from Seoul and Xavier Ricolfi, an industrial designer from Paris, hit it off right off the bat. Sharing a love for design, they decided to join forces in 2009 to launch the first collection of their high fashion-jewelry line, Joomi Lim.

No stranger to the business, Joomi arrived at jewelry by way of her previous careers as a make-up artist and owner of globally recognized brand, Joomi Joolz. Meanwhile, Xavier had been working on cutting-edge projects for French enterprises like S.T. Dupont, E.D.F., Valois and Grey Advertising. His career took a sharp turn when he met Joomi and together they discovered a new calling.
Together, the team’s unique design sensibilities converge to create a line of trail blazing jewelry that defies convention. Joomi’s eye for style and lively spirit injects femininity and playfulness into the designs like intricate crystal motifs and unexpected pops of color. Xavier’s background as an industrial designer informs his approach to design, adding unorthodox materials, finishes and innovative technologies as an essential and distinct aspect of their jewelry. The result is a line of fresh designs featuring sleek spikes, pyramids, spheres and titanium coatings. Chic pearls, crystals and effervescent colors round things out to create the perfect balance. Their jewels are hard yet soft, sweet but tough, punk yet glam– the perfect juxtaposition of styles for those who want to stay ahead of the curve.



14. Juliet & Company

Juliet & Company effortlessly mixes what is “now” and “chic” with classic vintage. They pride themselves on continuously finding innovative ways to design accessible jewelry, while enhancing the overall joy of the fashion experience. The brand represents the perfect  Buy Now Wear Now  jewelry ethos. Juliet & Company has been featured in magazines including but not limited to Glamour and InStyle.


15. Adia Kibur

Founder and Creative Director, Nadia Lee, could not be further from the world of fashion when she was an aspiring diplomat traveling in the Far East. Having attained her degree in International Relations, Nadia was exploring the globe and visiting a metal works factory when she came across a little girl, playing with make-shifts bracelets from tiny metal springs. As Nadia watched, she felt an immediate connection; she too loved to make pretty things for herself when she was young.
It was then Nadia realized what really inspired her, was the search for such connections. Seeing accessories as a way to bring people together, she launched Adia Kibur by the age of twenty-one to renew her creative passion. The company’s initial collection was met with immediate success; a line of metal-spring inspired jewelry, with its materials and approach so unique, the designs soon captured the attention of major buyers, cementing the brand as one of the most trend forward companies on the marketplace.
Today, Adia Kibur’s collection of contemporary jewelry can be found in over 3,000 quality boutiques, chain and department stores across the globe. Beyond the scope of design, the studio provides consultations on trend and brand directions, for clients looking to make sense of fashion, one unique look at a time. 


16. Zaafar

Designed by twin sisters Nadia and Saadia Zaafar, Zaafar embodies the combination of high-end fashion with traditional South Asian embroidery and beading techniques to create a new and exciting fashion jewelry genre. All Zaafar jewelry pieces and accessories are sourced and crafted by hand in India. The duo works feverishly to pursue the perfect balance of fashion and wearable art, all while doing so in their Manhattan apartments.


17. Nocturne

Nocturne is a contemporary jewellery and ready-to-wear womenswear label based in London. Each season, they blend their unique aesthetic with refreshing perspectives to create highly individual clothing and jewellery with a playful, feminine spirit.
Their Autumn/Winter 2013 collection marks a new chapter in the story of their label – an evolution driven by their desire to embrace the possibilities of creativity and craft. Expressing their commitment to craft and detail, each piece of jewellery and clothing embellishment is handmade by their team of skilled artisans in Nanzha.
Launched in 2004 by Claudine Bertinotti Lenoble, Nocturne is led by a small team of London designers with prior experience at Paul Smith, Chloé and Loewe. Inspired by the spirit of Orientalism, Nocturne has established a reputation for effortless chic and exquisite craftsmanship – a reputation that continues to grow and evolve with each collection.


18. Vanessa Arizaga

Venessa Arizaga’s love of jewelry grew from her passion for travel. Splitting her time between New York City and her father’s birthplace, the island of Puerto Rico, the contemporary jewelry designer draws inspiration from the duality of these cultures. While both locations are very different, Venessa loves the energy created in both settings; one bustling urban metropolis is balanced by the vitality of the ocean combined with the mellow comfort of the beach. With this lifestyle in mind, Vanessa Arizaga has a distinct lens with which to steer her jewelry design. 
After graduating from Parsons in 2003, Venessa began her career as a designer at Tuleh. In 2006 Venessa then achieved a longtime goal when she started as Designer under her design idol, Carolina Herrera, she then eventually landed at Zac Posen, taking the lead as his Design Director. With this amazing experience, Venessa not only gained valuable exposure in design, merchandizing, and styling, but she also had the privilege of dressing some of the world’s most accomplished women in the entertainment industry. That said she still dreamed of exploring her own aesthetic, under her own name and vision, and she finally felt armed to do so. 

Venessa creates bespoke pieces for the woman with a chic, yet playful sense of style. Capturing the unique duality of her jet setting lifestyle, Venessa’s collection has a modern urban aesthetic with an exotic island twist, offering versatile designs that complete any look. 



19. Jenny Packham

One of the UK’s most successful and independent fashion brands of recognition, Jenny Packham, the design house of choice for evening and bridal wear, has since launched a their eponymous jewelry line. Launched in 1988, Packham’s distinctive style and fine-tuned eye has led her to see the growth of her ready-to-wear, couture, and accessory lines. Packham has flagship stores in London, Paris and Milan and her collections are available at some of the world’s most discerning stores such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and Bergdorf Goodman to name a few. At the established age of 49, Packham’s pieces have graced the likes of nearly every celebrity in modern culture.


20. Lanvin

The house of Lanvin enjoys the duality of being both a contemporary women’s clothing line as well as a full-out jewelry line. Founded in 1889 by Jeanne Lanvin, the House of Lanvin is now run by Alber Elbaz who arrived in 2001. With an insatiable curiosity and a vision of beauty fuelled by the imaginary, Alber Elbaz knows exactly how to keep the Lanvin spirit alive. A strong link developed between the house and the designer and thanks to this complicity, a beautiful fashion story has been written. Of the House Elbaz says, “My work with Lanvin is based on an evolution, not a revolution. I like the idea of perpetuating Lanvin’s lifespan. Creating an identity which is familiar and sustainable; it is unmistakably Lanvin, and Lanvin forever after.” Lanvin’s designs are decidedly poetic, feminine at heart, and on the cutting edge of whats new in the Parisian market. 



30 Ways to Wear it this Summer: The Black Turtleneck

30 Ways to Wear it this Summer: The Black Turtleneck
Jun 28 4 Comments
Any fashionista knows that the black turtleneck is a wardrobe staple, but what many women don’t know is that it doesn’t have to be reserved for just cooler weather days. A turtleneck, otherwise known as a polo neck, roll-neck in the UK, or skivvy in Australia, is a garment—usually a sweater—with a close-fitting, round, and high collar that folds over and covers the neck. Turtlenecks are made in a wide variety of fabrics, ranging from cottons to poly-blends, and most often have long sleeves but don’t always in some cases. 

Young designer Timo Weiland is a seasoned vet in the turtleneck
Designer Rolando Santana uses black turtlenecks on his runway

Turtleneck-like garments have been worn for hundreds of years, dating at least to the 15th century.
Since the middle of the 20th century black  turtlenecks have been closely associated with in the world of radical academia, philosophers, artists, poets and other intellectuals. Turtlenecks also became a big fashion statement for young wealthy men after they were seen worn by European film stars Marcello Mastroianni and Yves Montand.

Yves Montand
Marcello Mastroianni 

In the United States, their adoption by Noël Coward in the 1920s turned turtlenecks into a brief middle-class fashion trend, and feminists made them into a unisex item. In the 1950s the black turtleneck became a distinctive mark of existentialists. Absorbed into mainstream American fashion by the mid 20th century, the turtleneck came to be viewed as an anti-tie, a smart form of dress for those who rejected formal wear. 

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wearing the iconic black turtleneck
Over time it grew and as a women’s wear, it became a fad, among teenage girls, especially in a lightweight form that emphasised their figures. It was not long before Hollywood was also exploiting this image as part of the 1950s “sweater girl” look. 


Marilyn Monroe even got in on the trend

Of turtlenecks, legendary designer Halston once said “Turtlenecks are the most comfortable garment you can wear. They move with the body, and they’re flattering too, because they accentuate the face and elongate the figure. They make life so easy: you can wear a turtleneck to work and then afterwards throw on a jacket, and it becomes very dressy. You can go anywhere you like.”

Designer Halston wearing a black turtleneck
When choosing this enduring basic, look for a high quality fabric that stretches to fit the body without losing its shape. Choose fabrics such as cashmere, merino wool or even natural cotton and you will have a closet essential that you will wear with every season in years to come. An investment in quality is one that will surpass years of stylish wear. If you are already smitten, then this homage verifies your devotion. That said, if you only possess one turtleneck among the ranks of your wardrobe attire, make it as black as night. Check your neck because black is back.

LOOK 1: Mallary Marks earring, Balmain blazer, Rick owens turtleneck, Etro shorts, Casadei heels
LOOK 2: Oscar de la Renta earrings, Ralph Lauren turtleneck, Valerie Nahmani necklace, Carmen Marc Valvo skirt, Christian Dior heels
LOOK 3: Dolce & Gabbana headband, Lanvin necklace, Viktor & Rolf turtleneck, Kenzo skirt, Sergio Rossi heels
LOOK 4: Irene Neuwirth earrings, Shourouk necklace, Diesel turtleneck, Tory Burch cuff, Jeffrey Campbell heels
LOOK 5: Sophia Kokosalaki earrings, Erickson Beamon necklace, Erdem turtleneck, Ostwald Helgason skirt, Casadei heels

LOOK 1: Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, Matthew Williamson scarf, DKNY turtleneck, Persy cuff, DSquared2 heel
LOOK 2: Erickson Beamon earrings, Gabriele Frantzen necklace, Gfase cuff, P.A.R.O.S.H. turtleneck, Rosie Assoulin skirt, Schutz heels
LOOK 3: Givenchy earrings, Diane Von Furstenberg scarf, House of Fraser turtleneck, Hermés cuff, Hermés belt, Chloé shorts, Kate Spade shoes
LOOK 4: Express earrings, Shourouk necklace, Diesel turtleneck, Hipanema bracelet, Dolce & Gabbana shorts, Brian Atwood heels
LOOK 5: Givenchy earrings, Jewel Be Mine necklace, Ralph Lauren turtleneck, Carmen Marc Valvo skirt, Balmain heels

LOOK 1: Bijoux Heart earrings, Rosantica necklace, Michael Michael Kors turtleneck, Acne Studios shorts, Balmain heels
LOOK 2: Kate Spade earrings, Betsey Johnson necklace, J.W. Anderson turtleneck, Valentino cuff, Cédric Charlier skirt, Kenzo heels
LOOK 3: Andrea Incontri headband, Bottega Veneta necklace, Tomaso turtleneck, See by Chloé shorts, Sergio Rossi heels
LOOK 4: Aurélie Bidermann earrings, Emporio Armani turtleneck, Peter Pilotto skirt, BCBG shoes
LOOK 5: Kendra Scott earrings, Jigsaw necklace, DKNY turtleneck, Roksanda Ilincic skirt, Forzieri heels

LOOK 1: Erickson Beamon earrings, Bijoux Heart necklace, Pinko turtleneck, Isa Afren skirt, Lanvin heels
LOOK 2: Dolce & Gabbana earrings, The Elder Statesmen + Wear scarf, Viktor & Rolf turtleneck, Haider Ackermann shorts, DSquared2 heels
LOOK 3: H&M headband, Marni necklace, Pinko turtleneck, Aurélie Bidermann bracelet, Milly skirt, Luichiny heels
LOOK 4: Rosantica earrings, Alexander McQueen scarf, Bottega Veneta turtleneck, Giambattista Valli shorts, Casadei heels
LOOK 5: IAM by Ileana Makri earrings, Lulu Frost necklace, Joseph turtleneck, Kenneth Jay Lane cuff, Mason by Michelle Mason skirt, Casadei heels

LOOK 1: J. Crew earrings, Tricot turtleneck, Alice + Olivia skirt, Dolce & Gabbana heels
LOOK 2: Marc by Marc Jacobs scarf, Balmain jacket, Michael Kors turtleneck, Valentino shorts, Balmain for Giuseppe Zanotti heels
LOOK 3: Chelsea Doll earrings, Barbara Bui turtleneck, Shourouk cuff, Balmain skirt, Saint Laurent heels
LOOK 4: Bijoux Heart earrings, Bijoux Heart necklace, Victoria Beckham turtleneck, Peter Pilotto skirt, Balmain heels
LOOK 5: Aurélie Bidermann necklace, Emporio Armani turtleneck, Roksanda Ilincic skirt, Saint Laurent heels

LOOK 1: Lagos earrings, Fedeli turtleneck, Ashley Pittman cuff, Mary Katrantzou skirt, Miista heels
LOOK 2: Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, Marni necklace, Blumarine turtleneck, Kenzo skirt, Giambattista Valli heels
LOOK 3: Givenchy earrings, Gucci necklace, Erdem turtleneck, Balmain skirt, Christian Dior heels
LOOK 4: Jennifer Behr headband, Valentino necklace, Gfase cuff, Rick Owens turtleneck, Ann Demeulemeester shorts, Marni heels
LOOK 5: Marni headband, Marni necklace, Rick Owens turtleneck, Talitha Pia shorts, DSquared2 heels



Working Girl!

Working Girl!
Jun 28 0 Comments
Believe it or not, I’ve achieved a blog that doesn’t involve any dresses – promise! Sick of your drab go-to suit for work each day? I’ve contrived a month-long calendar of what to wear each day that will be much more “play” and less “dismay!” These twenty outfits are totally work appropriate but will leave you feeling totally fab and never drab. WORK IT girl, it’s your world! The office this summer is all about angular cuts, bursts of color, and throwback femininity. 1970s references play a role in a huge way. With the practical demands that inherently come along with a work bag, these bags are playful and fun while still maintaining work-appropriate proportions. And don’t think I’d let you off that easily just wearing a simple flat, the modern girl has foot calluses up the ying-yang but she doesn’t care because she looks good strutting her stuff. Heels today are all about slim and narrow cuts; clunky is passé and should be stored in the closet. And last but not least, don’t be afraid to invest in bold statements pieces like a bejeweled sweater or a graffiti’d skirt, so long as you pair it with something much tamer you can pull from nearly any of the colors and compose a wide assortment of looks.  Don’t be boring, start exploring!
WEEK ONE
MONDAY: Lucia Odescalchi earrings, Dolce & Gabbana top, Michael Michael Kors bag, Only jeans, Schultz shoes
TUESDAY: Persy earrings, Temperley top, Saloni Bettina skirt, Givenchy bag, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes
WEDNESDAY: Wolf & Badger earrings, Yesstyle shirt, Michael Michael Kors bag, Dolce & Gabbana skirt, Jimmy Choo shoes
THURSDAY: David Yurman earrings, Issa blouse, Saint Laurent bag, Balmain skirt, Report shoes
FRIDAY: Michael Kors earrings, Versace necklace, Donna Karan shirt, Balmain trousers, Chanel bag, Diane Von Furstenberg shoes

WEEK TWO
MONDAY: Roberto Cavalli earrings, Alberta Ferretti top, Gucci bag, Oscar de la Renta skirt, Gianvito Rossi shoes
TUESDAY: Valentina Brugnatelli earrings, Swetc top, Tibi skirt, Prada bag, Charlotte Olympia shoes
WEDNESDAY: Dannijo earrings, Michael Michael Kors top, Hérmes belt, Lipsy pants, Hérmes bag, Zigi shoes
THURSDAY: House of Harlow 1960 earrings, Colette Hayman necklace, Rag & Bone vest, Balmain jeans, Chanel bag, Giuseppe Zannotti shoes
FRIDAY: Kendra Scott earrings, Alexander McQueen scarf, Lanvin jacket, Peter Pilotto skirt, Louis Vuitton bag, 8 Pump shoes

WEEK THREE

MONDAY: Bijoux Heart earrings, 3.1 Phillip Lim top, Reed Krakoff bag, Poem jeans, Jimmy Choo shoes
TUESDAY: Kramer earrings, Jonathan Simkhai top, Hermés bag, H&M skirt, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes
WEDNESDAY: Esvhi earrings, Halston Heritage jacket, Vince tank, Céline bag, Zalando jeans, Charlotte Olympia shoes
THURSDAY: Tiffany earrings, Nannini scarf, Fendi jacket, Prada bag, 2nd day pants, L.A.M.B. shoes
FRIDAY: Brooks Brothers headband, Proenza Schouler jacket, Seed Heritage tank, Saint Laurent bag, Oliver Bonas pants, Charlotte Olympia shoes

WEEK FOUR

MONDAY: Dannijo earrings, Roland Mouret jacket, Shourouk bag, Dolce & Gabbana skirt, Valentino shoes
TUESDAY: Shourouk earrings, Steffen Schraut top, Michael Michael Kors bag, Alice + Olivia skirt, Kate Spade shoes
WEDNESDAY: Shourouk earrings, Shourouk necklace, Roksanda Ilincic vest, Forzieri bag, Joseph pants, Michael Kors shoes
THURSDAY: Tiffany earrings, Siste’s shirt, Shourouk bag, Kaufman Franco pants, Kate Spade shoes
FRIDAY: Dannijo earrings, Saint Laurent jacket, Saint Laurent bag, Valentino pants, Stuart Weitzman shoes

Follow the Silk Road

Follow the Silk Road
Jun 27 0 Comments
Silk. Sensual, serene, supple. Silk is all things divine and one of the most subliminally sensuous fabrics to work with. For centuries and centuries designers have been working with silk fabrics, dating back as early as 3500 BC in China where legend gives credit to the development of silk to Lady Leizu. 
Lady Leizu and her silk
The first evidence of the silk trade is the finding of silk in the hair of an Egyptian mummy of the 21st dynasty. The silk trade reached as far as the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. This trade was so extensive that the major set of trade routes between Europe and Asia came to be known as the Silk Road.
The Silk Road
The Emperors of China strove to keep knowledge of the making of silk (otherwise known as “sericulture”) a secret to maintain the Chinese monopoly. Nonetheless sericulture reached Korea with technological aid from China around 200 BC, the ancient Kingdom of Khotan by AD 50, and India by AD 140.
Spinning silk
The American colonies were introduced to silk by King James I around 1619, ostensibly to discourage tobacco planting. The Shakers in Kentucky were quick to adopt the practice. In the 19th century a new attempt at a silk industry began with European-born workers in Paterson, New Jersey, and the city became a US silk center. Manchester, Connecticut emerged as center of the silk industry in America from the late 19th through the mid-20th century. 
Spinning silk
The production of silk works as follows: Silk can be divided into several steps which are typically handled by different entities. Extracting raw silk starts by cultivating the silkworms on Mulberry leaves. Once the worms start pupating in their cocoons, these are dissolved in boiling water in order for individual long fibers to be extracted and fed into the spinning reel. Silk is one of the strongest natural fibers but loses up to 20% of its strength when wet. It has a good moisture regain of 11%. Its elasticity is moderate to poor: if elongated even a small amount, it remains stretched. It can be weakened if exposed to too much sunlight. It may also be attacked by insects, especially if left dirty. 
Spinning silk
Silk’s absorbency makes it comfortable to wear in warm weather and while active. Its low conductivity keeps warm air close to the skin during cold weather. It is often used for clothing such as shirts, ties, formal dresses, lingerie and more. Silk’s attractive lustre and drape makes it suitable for many applications. Most major designers like couturier Maggie Norris use higher-end silks but there is also the option of synthetics with modern technology. 
A Maggie Norris couture silk ensemble
Silk dresses, blouses, or even shoes work as the perfect option when seeking out a sophisticated daytime or nighttime look. Below I have compiled some of the most stately and splendiferous silk pieces available on the internet for purchase. Follow your wallet to the silk road!

3.1 Phillip Lim

Bottega Venetta

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti

Alexander McQueen

Alexander Wang

Alice + Olivia

Ann Demeulemeester

Aquilano Rimondi

Balenciaga

Balmain

Beayukmui

Blumarine

Bluemaine

Bottega Venetta

Burberry

By Malene Birger

Céline

Céline

Chloé

Chloé

Christian Dior

Christopher Kane

Cushnie et Ochs

Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

Emporio Armani

Erdem

Etro

Fendi

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Issa

Jason Wu

Jo No Fui

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lanvin

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marchesa

Marni

Marni

Marni

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Meadham Kirchoff

Miriam Ochariz

Moschino

Moschino Cheap and Chic

Moschino

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

Oscar de la Renta

Peter Pilotto

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung

Prada

Rick Owens

Roberto Cavalli

Rodarte

Rosie Assoulin

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Scervino Street

Schumacher

See by Chloé

Silk and Sole

Silk and Sole

Sophia Kokosolaki

The Row

Thom Browne

Valentino

Valentino

Victoria, Victoria Beckham

Viktor & Rolf

Vionnet

Vionnet

Jean Paul Gaultier

Rick Owens

Marni

Marni

Prada
 


Wimbledon’s Winning Women

Wimbledon’s Winning Women
Jun 27 50 Comments
Here at SGABW, we love to dream. Presently in London, the Wimbledon tennis tournaments are going on and it is one of the most hoity toity events of the year. The players are watched with scrutiny both on the court AND off the court, so I wanted to play a little game of dress up to show you what the top five competitors should be wearing when they’re dancing at The Box instead of playing in the box. The top five female competitors are Serena Williams, Na Li, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Maria Sharapova. These women need to follow very serious fashion advice when playing couture off the courts. Rule #1) Dress for their bodies. They are athletic so they should choose hemlines that show off their muscles in a feminine way and not an emasculating way. Rule # 2) Remember it’s a game of respect. Wimbledon has been at the All England Club since 1877 and while these girls may be balling off the court, they need to respect tradition and maintain proper attire accordingly. Rule #3) The competition OFF the court is tougher than it is ON the court. There’s no greater opposition of odds than the gallant game of fashion, and London’s leading ladies (think Thandie Newton, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung) are a tough crowd to follow. So without further adieu, I present to you Wimbledons winning women and what they should wear at London’s top hotspots: Boujis, Arts Club, Jalouse, The Box, and Annabel’s.
SERENA WILLIAMS
OUTFIT 1: Gucci dress, Giuseppe Zanotti clutch, Kate Spade shoes
OUFIT 2: Christian Dior dress, Victoria Beckham clutch, Jimmy Choo shoes
OUTFIT 3: Lanvin dress, Roberto Cavalli clutch, Charlotte Olympia shoes
OUTFIT 4: Yiqing Yin dress, Jimmy Choo clutch, Zigi shoes
OUTFIT 5: Valentino dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, Gianvito Rossi shoes
MARIA SHARAPOVA

OUTFIT 1: Christian Dior dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, Charlotte Olympia shoes
OUTFIT 2: Michael Kors Dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, DSquared2 shoes
OUTFIT 3: Red Valentino dress, Fendi purse, Kate Spade shoes
OUTFIT 4: Just Cavalli dress, Anya Hindmarch clutch, Schutz Norma shoes
OUTFIT 5: Alberta Ferretti dress, Roberto Cavalli clutch, Casadei shoes
NA LI
OUTFIT 1: Alaia dress, Le Chap Eau clutch, Charlotte Olympia shoes
OUTFIT 2: Valentino dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, 8 pump
OUTFIT 3: Balmain dress, Aldo clutch,. Zigi shoes
OUTFIT 4: Saint Laurent dress, Kotur clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes
OUTFIT 5: Prada dress, Valentino clutch, Ivanka Trump shoes
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

OUTFIT 1: Vionnet dress, Roger Viver clutch, Gianvito Rossi shoes
OUTFIT 2: Lanvin dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes
OUTFIT 3: Stella McCartney dress, Les Petits Joueurs clutch, Burberry shoes
OUTFIT 4: Balmain dress, Roberto Cavalli clutch, Ivanka Trump shoes
OUTFIT 5: Gucci dress, Christian Louboutin clutch, Jimmy Choo shoes
SIMONA HALEP

OUTFIT 1: Andrew Gn dress, Dolce & Gabbbana clutch, Gianvito Rossi shoes
OUTFIT 2: Jason Wu dress, Saint Laurent clutch, Report shoes
OUTFIT 3: Emilio Pucci dress,  Lalessoxpichulik clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes
OUTFIT 4: Balmain dress, Saint Laurent clutch, Reed Krakoff shoes
OUTFIT 5: Mary Katrantzou dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, BCBG shoes
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